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									PAGE 8 • DECEMBER 16, 2010                                                                                                                                                       THE BRIDGE



Gas Station Owner Leaves Montpelier for Northfield
          by Nat Frothingham



F
       or the last 10 years, mechanic Ed Bama
       has been running the red-brick Gulf
       service station at 107 State Street in
downtown Montpelier.
   Bama said he’s enjoyed working in Mont-
pelier and that business was always booming
for him here. But he said he’s a bit worn out
after 10 years of pumping gas, and he’s built
a new auto and motorcycle repair workshop
on a farm that he owns on the Northfield
side of Moretown. He’s prepared to con-
tinue to fix anything that has wheels and
moves, but his emphasis is clearly expressed
in the name of his new business, Classic Cy-
cles of Vermont.
   Bama, who’s been a mechanic since he
was a kid, grew up in New Jersey. In 1988 he
moved up to Vermont, and in 1995 he
bought a 50-acre farm in Northfield. He and
his wife have horses and they both ride.
   Even though motorcycle repair is at the
heart of his new business, Bama says, “I’m
not walking away from auto repair.” In fact,
his business card describes the wide range
of services that Classic Cycles will offer be-
sides motorcycle and auto repair: state in-
spections, motorcycle restoration, sales,
winter storage and something quite different
from automotive mechanics: upholstery.
   Bama has just completed an 18-month
home study course in motorcycle repair from
the Penn Foster School in Pennsylvania. “I
took this course to hone in on the new tech-
nologies that are out there,” Bama said. “Mo-
torcycles now have antilock brakes, traction
control, sophisticated suspension and elec-
tronic suspension adjustments.”                   From left, Ben Dictman, Tom Turner and Ed Bama. Photo courtesy of Ed Bama.
   Bama is seeing changes in the gas station
business these days. “Since gas has jumped
up in price I think a lot of folks are carpool-      Bama is someone with a long list of skills,      Bama will be leaving the downtown Mont-          scribed Bartell as “a wonderful guy who re-
ing and consolidating trips.” His wife car-       but he’s eager to test himself and extend his    pelier Gulf station at the end of the year. I       tired in May and then came back to help me
pools with four people. Now she is driving        knowledge base and abilities. “I do special-     asked him if he knew who would be leasing           out until the end of the year.”
twice a week. As more people consolidate          ize in the early model Hondas and Harley-        the station from Gulf Oil Company after he             Bama supplied specific directions for how
their trips, this is                                                       Davidson Sporters,”     leaves.                                             to find Classic Cycles of Vermont on the
having an impact                                                           he said, talking           “I don’t know, sir.” he said.                    Northfield side of Moretown. Drive toward
on business at the                                                         about motorcycles.         I asked Bama what makes him think he             Northfield. Make a right turn on Cox Brook




                            Downtown
pump.                                                                      In addition to cus-     can succeed with Classic Cycles in an iso-          Road in Northfield Falls.
   Bama has also no-                                                       tom upholstery, he      lated, rural location.                                 “We’re about two miles up on the right.
ticed a trend to fix                                                       also knows how to          “I’ve built up a good reputation,” he said. “I   “You will eventually see my sign: ‘Classic Cy-
up older vehicles. “I                                                      paint motorcycles,      pride myself in being honest and trustwor-          cles of Vermont,’” he said.
find that I’ve been                                                        gas tanks and fend-     thy.” In addition to his good reputation, Bama         As he talked about leaving the Gulf station
very busy fixing up                                                        ers. “I’d like to get   will be offering a pick-up service. “If your bike   across from the Capitol Plaza Hotel on State
a lot of older vehi-                                                       more into engine re-    is disabled, I’ll come and pick it up,” he said.    Street in Montpelier, Bama’s parting words
cles—keeping the old ones running. I see a        building and ATV [all-terrain vehicle] re-          Bama praised his Gulf station employees          were, “We’d like to say goodbye and thank
lot of that.”                                     pair,” he said.                                  Tom Turner and Robert Bartell. He de-               you, Montpelier.”




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       What’s Happening with Downtown Storefronts?
           by Nat Frothingham                      The Thrush Tavern at 107 (R) State                 be substantial,” he said. “Not everybody who       ing a workspace near her home in Cabot
                                                   Street                                             has a passing interest is really serious,” he      where she will prepare her wholesale goods.


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    n the coming months, The Bridge in-              According to building owner John Russell         added. Watson is a sixth-generation Vermon-        “There are too many restaurants for this
    tends to focus attention on downtown           he has no plans for the building at present.       ter who was a student at Montpelier High           small town,” she said. Although 2002 and
    Montpelier. Beginning in this issue, we                                                           School. Talking about downtown, he said, “I        2003 were good years for business, 2004 and
offer a short downtown report, including           The Gulf Station, 107 State Street                 look at downtown and I’m amazed at its re-         2005 were hard. Then things changed again:
some notes about recent and not-so-recent            Gulf Station owner Ed Bama plans to move         silience.” Watson has seen downtown                2006, 2007 and 2008 were really good. But
changes.                                           his auto and motorcycle repair business to         change through the years. “It’s not the same       2009 and 2010 have been difficult. “The
   In upcoming issues, we will explore such        Northfield. See our story on facing page.          place it was,” he said. “It’s a better place.”     economy really hurts,” she said.
issues as the downtown mix of goods and                                                               He praised Montpelier’s downtown for its in-         Despite this, 75 to 100 people eat at Rhap-
services, the downtown night life and dining       Kismet Restaurant, 52 State Street                 dependence and its lack of national chains.        sody every day. “We’re renting until April 1,”
scene, the continuing challenge to down-             According to owner Crystal Maderia, since        “This is a tribute to people here. They really     she said. “We have priced this restaurant to
towns like Montpelier from big box stores,         Kismet opened after Thanksgiving, the 45-          want to be here and start something,” he           sell,” she said. She feels there really a niche
catalog sales, online sales by such merchan-       seat restaurant has already served 2,000           said.                                              for a place like Rhapsody in downtown
disers as Amazon.com, and the impact on            meals. Maderia described the food offerings                                                           Montpelier.
the traditional CD and music store of down-        as “a Parisian-style menu with local ingredi-      Capitol Copy, 32 Main Street
loading music from                                                         ents. When asked to           Less than a year ago, owner Glenn Sturgis       The Peach Tree, 65 Main Street
the Internet.                                                              mention a couple of        decided to move Capitol Copy from 45 State            A mainstay of downtown Montpelier for
   Many downtown                                                           favorite       menu        Street to 32 Main Street. He explained the         33 years, the Peach Tree women’s clothing




                             Downtown
retailers are using                                                        items, she men-            move in these words: “Lower rent and other         store is up for sale. Owner Norma Segale has
the Internet to their                                                      tioned      Kismet’s       associated costs such as utility bills, costs of   been involved with the Peach Tree for 15
own advantage. And                                                         omelettes and its          common space.” In his new location, he is          years. “I have enjoyed being here, being a
Montpelier’s down-                                                         huevos rancheros.          accessible to people with disabilities.            part of the community. I will miss the social
town has what on-                                                                                                                                        part (of the business),” she said. “It’s been
line        merchants                                                       Capitol Grounds,          Rhapsody Restaurant, 28 Main Street                15 years. I want to do something different.”
never will have, a                                                          27 State Street             Rhapsody owner Elysha Welters is looking         That was how she explained her decision to
loyal customer base in an intact working              Capitol Grounds first opened at 45 State        for someone to buy the restaurant. She has a       sell. “When I leave, I’d like to see someone
downtown.                                          Street in 1998. The popular coffeehouse            thriving wholesale business in tempeh (fer-        take over from this and carry this on,” she
   In this issue, we take a look at the shifting   moved to its current location in April 2006.       mented soybeans), egg rolls, and a rice drink      said. She praised her landlord, Tim Heney.
locations of downtown businesses.                  In the past, owner Bob Watson has consid-          called amazake. Welters said that the tem-         “He’s a great landlord,” she said.
                                                   ered selling. “But the number would have to        peh and egg rolls are taking off. She’s build-        Internet sales did affect the Linen Shoppe
                                                                                                                                                         that was in a downstairs space at the Peach
                                                                                                                                                         Tree, but women’s clothes are different.

   Montpelier Alive Searching for New Director                                                                                                           Customers can’t always be certain about
                                                                                                                                                         clothing sizes, she said. “And a lot of women
                                                                                                                                                         like to touch and feel.”
           by Nat Frothingham                      “One of our challenges is financial. One of        ample, such hands-on tasks as walking door-
                                                   our primary goals was to get us back on a          to-door in downtown Montpelier with Art            Montpelier Pharmacy, 69 Main Street


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          ontpelier Alive, the city’s nonprofit    more solid financial footing.” Bryan ex-           Walk brochures or, as Syz said, “washing the          Owner Richard Harvie said that he consid-
          downtown development organiza-           plained that over the past few years the or-       windows in the old Capitol Video store loca-       ered taking over some of the space that
          tion, is once again seeking a new        ganization was either in a break-even posi-        tion at 50 Main Street because we are going        would be available when the Peach Tree
executive director.                                tion or it even lost a little money. “The          to have a display there.”                          closes in a few months. “I considered it. I’d
  After a very short tenure, Chuck D’Aprix,        recession has hit everybody,” Bryan added.            A willingness to raise money—that’s             like to,” he said. But when he looked at the
who succeeded Suzanne Eikenberry as exec-             Syz said much the same thing. “Fundrais-        clearly one task that the new executive di-        expansion he found that structurally it
utive director, is leaving his new post.           ing and marketing became a priority,” she          rector will undertake. But high energy is an-      would be too expensive. So he’s not ex-
  In assessing the organization’s current sit-     said. “Suzanne did such a great job of get-        other expectation. Syz said, “We’re looking        panding the pharmacy.
uation, both current Montpelier Alive presi-       ting Montpelier Alive established. We              for someone with high energy who is willing
dent Sean Bryan and past president Linn Syz        wanted to do more to help downtown busi-           to be out there constantly on the go.”                In addition to what’s happening with
expressed disappointment that things did           nesses expand.”                                       Last time around, Montpelier Alive con-         these Montpelier storefronts, there continue
not work out with D’Aprix.                            In their new search, Montpelier Alive is of-    ducted a national search. “We’re not doing a       to be downtown retail spaces available at the
  Several months ago when Montpelier               fering the same job description. The organi-       national search [this time], said Sean Bryan.      Capitol Plaza arcade, at 45 State Street, in the
Alive made a search for someone to succeed         zation is looking for someone who has an           “We’re looking locally for someone who has         space that was formerly Capitol Video at 50
Suzanne Eikenberry, the board of directors         understanding of downtown dynamic.                 the talent, the skills, the fundraising ability,   Main Street and no doubt a number of other
saw an opportunity in bringing on a new ex-           At the same time, Montpelier Alive wants        who knows the community and says, ‘Here’s          locations.
ecutive director.                                  someone who is willing to take on the de-          something I want to do,’ someone who will
  “We wanted to raise the bar,” Bryan said.        tails of a one-person office, including, for ex-   take us forward.”




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                      Local Options Taxes Hot Topic
                   at December 8 City Council Meeting
Editor’s note: This is the first of what will         The mayor requested a “community con-        and not paying for them,” he said. “I see the     large to retain in its consciousness that the
now be The Bridge’s regular coverage of            versation” unmarred by applause or boos,        taxes as a symbolic way for them to help us.”     issue of the aging infrastructure will not go
Montpelier City Council meetings. We will          and that was accommodated, but the heat         He pointed out that Burlington has a 1.5 per-     away by itself.
not attempt to cover every agenda item             underlying the issue of whether a local op-     cent rooms tax and a 2 percent meals tax.            Before the local options tax debate, Kel-
covered at each meeting, but will instead          tions tax would be the most prudent way to      “That doesn’t seem to have hurt them,” he         logg-Hubbard Library executive director Dan
give a synopsis of major issues decided at         allocate funds to improve the city’s infra-     said, adding that Middlebury, Rutland, Brat-      Pudvah, library director Robin Sales and the
each meeting.                                      structure was palpably on display at the        tleboro and Stowe also have local options         library’s Tonya Morehouse updated the
                                                   onset. Bear Pond and Rivendell Books owner      taxes. “Let’s find out what’s going on in         council on the library’s activities and bud-
 by Marsha Barber and Dylan Waller                 Rob Kasow outlined the reasons many local       these other towns,” he said.                      getary needs. The library requested the same
                                                   business owners were concerned that the            As the councilors weighed in, many ap-         appropriation as last year, and this request


A
        proposal for a 1 percent local options     tax increase would further alienate shoppers    proached their decisions in different degrees     will come before voters. Jarvis questioned
        tax/sales tax on rooms, meals and al-      from downtown businesses, citing that           of certitude, but in the end, the fear of         how the library could justify the appropria-
        cohol was voted down unaminously           “businesses deal with the same increasing       putting downtown businesses at a fiscal and       tion when it equaled one-third the total ap-
by city council at their December 8 meeting.       costs the city does.” Kasow went on to add      perceptual disadvantage outweighed the            propriation amount for city streets and side-
   The atmosphere at the meeting was               that there is a “perceived exclusionary wall”   concern of using such a tax as the best           walks. She also commented that she had “a
heightened by the knowledge that the focus         around shopping in downtown Montpelier          means of fiduciary responsibility to address      visceral reaction that the library is growing
of the meeting would be the debate over            already, which would be further inflated by     the corrosion of the city’s infrastructure.       its endowment on the backs of Montpelier
Mayor Mary Hooper’s tax proposal, the rev-         any manner of increased taxation. He spoke         “Property taxes are generally better on        residents who are forced to pay higher prop-
enue from which would be dedicated to in-          of local options taxes as “simple, dispas-      merit,” said councilor Andy Hooper, sug-          erty taxes.” Sheridan, however, offered a re-
frastructure improvements.                         sionate economics,” and, speaking of how        gesting that a local options tax doesn’t re-      minder of the library’s many resources that
   The local options tax debate was placed         the expense of doing business in the city       sponsibly gauge itself based on people’s in-      mark it as a unique community asset whose
on the table along with a sales tax, some por-     trickles down to him personally, said, “I’m     comes, as the property tax does. Councilors       “value can’t be quantified in money.” After
tion of which would go to property tax re-         about to hire two witch doctors to sprinkle     Tom Golonka and Sarah Jarvis, while ex-           school security for children was cited, along
duction and some portion of which would            chicken blood on me because I can’t afford      pressing a wariness over what to do with          with the library’s public computers and
go to supporting commercial districts.             health insurance.”                              breaking water mains, failing retaining walls,    high-speed internet access, free community
   “I love our downtown,” Hooper said. “But           Several other downtown business owners       and increasingly frost-heaved sidewalks, ulti-    educational programs and the sheer volume
look at it. It’s sad when things look as bad as    and local citizens spoke out against the        mately echoed the same sensitivity toward         of books in the library’s holding and at its
they look down here. We need to be spend-          taxes, including Lee Youngman, who owns         damaging Montpelier’s perceptual image as         disposal. “I rarely have a time when one of
ing approximately $500,000 on roads to be          the small Knitting Studio on State Street. “I   an inhospitable place to open one’s wallet.       your books isn’t in my house,” said Sheridan.
catching up. . . . I want to lay out the context   quit a lucrative banking job,” she said, “and   Jarvis also expressed concern about low-             Earlier in the meeting, a new appointment
here. We’ve looked at other sources of rev-        had a vision that the city of Montpelier        income residents not seeing any benefit           was made to the Montpelier planning com-
enue. That’s why I keep coming back to             would support me.” Fred Bushara, owner of       from the local options tax. Councilor Jim         mission. Four candidates were considered:
local options taxes. I see a great need. Sixty-    the Capitol Plaza Hotel and FGB Theaters,       Sheridan summed up his position succinctly:       Jon Anderson, Peter Gill, Dan Jones and
five percent is being paid by residents for        among other local businesses, noted in part,    “We’re considered an elitist, snobby com-         William Fred Ritke Jones. Each candidate
property taxes. Folks can’t afford to live         “Don’t nickel and dime us to death.”            munity. This is yet another layer.” Council       gave a short statement to council, and coun-
here.”                                                Montpelier attorney and publisher Phil       member Nancy Sherman said, “I think the           cil then went into private session to make
   She emphasized that the proposed 1 per-         Dodd, however, spoke out in favor of local      local options tax is not the solution we were     their decision. Jon Anderson was appointed
cent tax on rooms, meals and alcohol would         options taxes, though he said he did not sup-   looking for. But we must come up with a so-       as the new member of the planning com-
apply to the local infrastructure and that the     port the proposed sales tax. Dodd pointed       lution. We just haven’t found it in this.”        mission.
sales tax would go toward reducing prop-           out that the local options tax was relatively      The mayor closed the topic with an ap-
erty taxes.                                        small. “Tourists are enjoying our services      peal to the council and the community at




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                                        Our Food                                                                                     tiny bites
                                                                                                                        central Vermont food news
                                                                     by Claire Fitts
                                                                                                      F   or gardeners, winter is the time to peruse the seed catalogs and scheme about next sum-
                                                                                                          mer’s plants. High Mowing Organic Seeds, based in Wolcott, is offering customers the
                                                                                                      chance to buy credit now for next summer’s seeds. When the credits are redeemed, the cus-

Sweet Potatoes                                       roasted one of these new treats and was in
                                                     heaven.
                                                                                                      tomer receives 10 percent off their seed purchase. This “Community Supported Seeds”
                                                                                                      program is similar to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), wherein customers pre-pay
                                                        I love sweet potatoes. They were a staple     for a season’s worth of food and in so doing provide capital to the farmer at the start of the


D
        id you know that a sweet potato              in my mom’s house when I was growing up,         season. In this instance, customers prepay for seeds at the start of the seed company’s sea-
        isn’t a potato? Nor is it a yam. It          and sweet potatoes still hold a warm place in    son—which is now. “Seed shares,” starting at $50, are available until December 31 and can
        seems that we really have no proper          my heart. My favorite way to eat them is still   be redeemed anytime in 2011. A great gift idea for the gardeners on your list! Order online
name for these starchy, sweet and super-             to poke a few holes in the skin and then         at highmowingseeds.com.
nutritious orange tubers. But somehow we             roast them at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes, or
will have to muddle our way through.                 until the insides are going mushy. The skin        oin Lee Duberman and Richard Fink at Ariel’s Restaurant in Brookfield for Thursday night
   Blackwell Roots (a vendor at the Montpe-
lier winter farmers’ market) decided to try
                                                     has all sorts of nutrients, so don’t forget to
                                                     eat that part, too!
                                                                                                      J Bistro and Burgers, beginning on December 23 and continuing throughout the winter.
                                                                                                      Each Thursday night will feature Greenfield Highland Beef Burgers ($8.95) and a changing in-
growing sweet potatoes this year and was                For a more interesting recipe, I came up      ternational bistro menu with two or three economical menu items from a different part of the
horribly disappointed when the veggie they           with sweet-potato scones. These are super        world. Dine in the pub with friends and neighbors; bring cards or games or ask Richard to put
pulled from ground was starchy and bland.            tasty and something I’m definitely going to      the game on TV. Richard will also be offering wine, beer and cocktail specials. What a great
Before calling it quits, however, they de-           experiment with in my bakery. Enjoy!             way to shake off the winter chill! Visit arielsrestaurant.com for more information.
cided to try curing it. After a stretch at 75 de-
grees or so (much warmer than onion-curing           Claire Fitts is the owner of Butterfly Bakery
temps), the bland roots turned into delicious
sweet potatoes! I don’t know the science be-
                                                     of Vermont and a vendor at the Capital
                                                     City Farmers Market. Read her recipe blog
                                                                                                      R   ural Vermont and Law for Food have teamed up to host a lecture series on legal topics
                                                                                                          of interest to farmers and food businesses. January’s workshop, Financing Food, Get-
                                                                                                      ting Started, and Staying in the Game, is presented by attorneys Kenneth Miller and
hind this miraculous transformation, but I           at GoodGrub.ButterflyBakeryVT.com.               Adam Prizio and hosted at Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield. Join them on Monday,
                                                                                                      January 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the sliding scale fee of $5 to $10 is used to defray expenses,
                                                                                                      but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Go to ruralvermont.org for more informa-
   Sweet-Potato Scones                                    about 5 minutes. Remove the sweet
                                                                                                      tion on the lecture series.
                                                          potato from the oven and let cool.
     1 very large or 2 medium sweet                       Remove the skin and puree the
                                                                                                           ermont Food Education Every Day (VT-FEED) is hosting a video contest for fifth- to
        potatoes
     2/3 cup rolled oats
                                                          flesh of the sweet potato until
                                                          smooth.                                     V    12th-grade students to highlight farm-to-school activities in their communities. Videos
                                                                                                      should be 30 seconds to three minutes long and can be personal narratives, documentaries,
     1 1/3 cup all purpose flour plus 1 cup            2. Put the dry ingredients into a food
                                                          processor and run until the oats are        music videos or community stories. They can be humorous, serious or both! All entries will
        more for dredging
                                                          broken down into a coarse flour.            be featured on the VT-FEED website, and winning videos will be played on Vermont Public
     1/2 tsp baking soda
                                                          Add the chopped butter to the flour         Television. Other prizes include a Flip video camera, an insider tour at Vermont Public Tele-
     1/2 tsp cream of tartar
                                                          mixture and pulse until the butter is       vision and cash! Submission deadline is January 10, 2011. For more information about the
     1 1/2 tsp salt
                                                          cut into pea-sized chunks.                  video contest, visit vtfeed.org.
     1 1/2 tsp baking powder
     1 tsp cinnamon                                    3. Bring your oven back to 350°F. In a
                                                                                                             ant to impress your guests this holiday season? The Uncommon Market is stocking
     1/2 cup cold or frozen butter,
        chopped
                                                          medium bowl, fold together the
                                                          flour mixture, 1 cup pureed sweet           W      a range of specialty foods for special order, including standing rib roast, side of Shet-
                                                                                                      land salmon, leg of lamb, capon, duck, pheasant, lobster tail, hams and their own Uncom-
     1 cup sour cream                                     potato, sour cream, maple syrup
                                                          and vanilla. Mix until just combined.       mon Market stuffed pork roast with a choice of three stuffings: blue cheese, spinach and
     1/2 cup maple syrup
                                                          Do not overmix.                             dried cranberries; feta, walnuts and spinach; or apricots, pine nuts and gruyere. Call Peter or
     1/2 tsp vanilla
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                                                          1 cup flour. Roll the scones in the         uncommonmarket.net.
     1. Heat your oven to 350°F. Cut a cou-
                                                          flour to coat and then set 2 inches                            —compiled by Sylvia Fagin; send food news to sylviafagin@yahoo.com
        ple of slits in the skin of the sweet
        potatoes and roast them on a pan                  apart on a foil or a parchment-lined,
        until a fork slides easily into the               ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for
        flesh of the sweet potato (about                  20–30 minutes or until the scones
        30–40 minutes) or microwave for                   are turning golden. Remove to a
                                                          cooling rack promptly.




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                                                   Honoring Paul Manghi
              by Sylvia Fagin



W
             hen Paul Manghi passed away in
             February of this year, Montpelier
             lost a master baker—and many
lost a dear friend. But the Manghis’ Bread is
still going strong and is evolving into a new
kind of family venture.
   There’s not a lot of down time at the busy
bakery, but Elaine Manghi, her daughter
Maria Stoufer and son-in-law Steve Stoufer
found a few quiet moments to reflect on the
past year and the ways in which the passing
of the man who was husband, father and
grandpa has helped them rediscover their
community.
   “Certainly Vermont is known for its spirit
of community,” Steve begins. “But in those
days [immediately following Paul’s death] it
became clear what an amazing community
this is. Customers were coming in and ask-
ing, ‘What can I do?’”
   The Hunger Mountain Coop made note-
cards available for customers to write to
Elaine and the family. They received a six-        Manghis’ employees take a break from the bread to pose for a photo. From left: Maria Stoufer, Elaine Manghi, Steve Stoufer, Dana
inch stack of notes, according to Maria.           Dwinell-Yardley, Preya Holland and Ingrid Nielsen. Employees not pictured: Jenne Greaves, Michael Sherman, Zoe Stone, Phil Whitman,
   “And the notes are still coming,” Elaine        Kate Harper, Lynz Parker, Phoebe Shambaugh and Matthew Manghi. Photo by Sylvia Fagin.
says. “It’s so reassuring. I’ve gotten hugs and
tears from customers.”                             some part time, some full time, all of whom          “. . .whenever, for whatever reason . . .”     grate this place into the community. It’s an
   Tears aren’t far from the surface as the trio   stepped in to support Elaine so that the bak-     says Steve.                                       amazing place.”
recounts stories from customers who are            ery’s operations could continue without a            In May, Steve left his position as chef-          Amazing for its integration into the com-
missing Paul’s presence immensely. Paul’s          hitch.                                            instructor at NECI to take over the produc-       munity—and for the volume of bread that
signature holiday bourbon cake prompted a              “The staff was incredible; they just          tion side of Manghis’. “It was a very easy de-    emerges from the small rooms in the yellow
longtime customer to contact Elaine.               jumped in,” Elaine says. “The day we had to       cision to make,” Steve says. In addition to       house. “It’s deceiving,” Maria admits: they
   “She saw the bourbon cake at the co-op          call people, they just kept going, they called    using his culinary training in service of the     go through one and a half tons of flour a
and cried,” Elaine says, then took it home         the stores . . .”                                 family business, “now I see Maria more than       week; 400 loaves of bread a day is par for the
and, upon unwrapping it, cried again, “be-             Elaine was back baking two business days      I ever have!”                                     course. In the three days before Thanksgiv-
cause it was Paul’s.”                              after Paul’s death, due in huge part to the          “These guys have taken to it and love it,”     ing, the crew baked 8,000 dinner rolls.
   The tall baker left big shoes to fill. He       support of those employees.                       Elaine says of her daughter and son-in-law.       Elaine is on top of it all.
reigned over the mixers and ovens, tweak-              “The people who work here are like fam-       “The fact that they have experience with             “It’s fascinating to listen to Elaine when
ing and perfecting recipes for breads and          ily,” Elaine says. It’s not unusual for employ-   ovens and mixers has made it so much eas-         she’s on the phone with stores,” Steve says.
cakes since the bakery opened in 1982.             ees to leave for a while to pursue other work     ier!”                                             “She knows immediately who she’s talking
   “Just making the bourbon cake is typical        or family life, then return. Many of those for-      “Thankfully, the systems that Paul and         to and what they have on their shelves. It’s
of the ride it’s been,” Maria says. “Dad was       mer employees came back in the weeks and          Elaine built are rock solid,” Steve says.         more than just a vendor relationship—you
the keeper of the information. The com-            months after Paul’s death to lend a helping          The Manghis’ Bread has become an inte-         see how utterly important it is that cus-
puter files are bursting; he was always ex-        hand.                                             gral part of the community for toddlers           tomers get the freshest Manghis’ bread pos-
perimenting. When we went to make the                  “You could see this amazing support from      going to story time at the Kellogg-Hubbard li-    sible.”
bourbon cake, there were lots of recipes.”         people,” Steve says. “It’s really a testament.”   brary and children coming home from Union            “It’s what makes me feel great about being
   Elaine notes that Steve, who’s taken over           Maria has worked at the bakery since          school—young people who grow up and               here,” he continues. “I would defy any large
the responsibility of overseeing the mixing        2001; in February, her brother Matt returned      seek out Manghis’ bread for their weekday         organization that’s automated to do it as well
and baking, was successful in his first at-        to help out. “He said, ‘a Manghi needs to         sandwiches and holiday tables.                    as Elaine, or with as much care. This is a very
tempt to reproduce the bourbon cake.               know how to do everything,’” Elaine recalls.         Montpelier resident and Manghis’ em-           caring place.”
   “All these things are firsts right now,”            In a family business, the family discusses    ployee Michael Sherman stopped into the
Steve says.                                        the continuation of the business; this family     bakery and reflected on its evolution.
   “We ask, ‘What would he have done?’”            was no exception, especially since Maria and           “I miss Paul like everyone else misses
Maria adds.                                        Steve are both NECI graduates.                    him,” Michael says. “But it’s nice to work          Sylvia Fagin writes about local food
   “We think about that a lot.” Steve says.            “We’d talked for a long time about per-       with these folks. It’s nice that the bakery’s     and agriculture. Contact her via her blog,
   The family is not alone as they puzzle          petuation of the bakery,” Steve begins.           still in the family. It belongs to the commu-     “Aar, Naam ~ Come, Eat,” at sylviafagin
through the parts of the operation that were           “. . .we’d grazed the topic of us coming in   nity. That’s one of the most amazing              .wordpress.com or via e-mail at sylvia
Paul’s. Manghis’ employs a dozen people,           . . .” Maria continues.                           things—Paul and Elaine did so much to inte-       fagin@yahoo.com.



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            National Incident Commander Thad Allen
          Gives Talk at Norwich About Crisis Leadership
           by Nat Frothingham                       was still a beehive of activity. There were he-                                                    Here Allen stressed an important general
                                                    licopters in the air. People were still being                                                      point. In the hurricane and earthquake situa-


U
          .S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen        rescued. The authorities had managed to get                                                        tions, and now in the oil spill disaster,
          (ret.) talked about crisis leadership     people out of the Superdome and the City                                                           calamities that struck in what seemed like
          to a large crowd of cadets and towns-     Center. At night the city was dark. There                                                          rapid succession, you can create disaster re-
people at Plumley Auditorium on the Nor-            was no electricity. The water was black. In                                                        sponse plans. But each situation is different.
wich University campus December 9                   sum, Allen said, “The city was broken.”                                                            There is no play book.
   Allen was thrust into the public limelight          In New Orleans, when the levees gave                                                               In the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill crisis, what
on May 1, when he was asked by President            way, that failure was a consequence of a nat-                                                      was clear from the outset was that the
Obama to serve as the nation’s national inci-       ural disaster—a hurricane.                                                                         blowout and spill had taken place 45 miles
dent commander and take charge of the                  But, said Allen, let’s say the levees had                                                       offshore. This was a clear and compelling
overall response to the Deepwater Horizon           been blown up by terrorists. You would                                                             case of what Allen called “federal pre-emp-
oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.                 have had a crime against the people of New                                                         tion.” The federal government was the con-
   Allen has extensive experience in provid-        Orleans. Faced with the crime, the FBI                                                             trolling authority offshore. But British Petro-
ing leadership in crisis situations.                would have come in, the federal government                                                         leum (BP) was the only entity with the
   In addition to his role as incident com-         would have come in and all of the authority                                                        knowledge and resources to fix the prob-
mander in bringing a unified response to the        and resources of the federal government                                                            lem. Although the U.S. federal government
Deepwater Horizon oil disaster last May,            would have been brought into play.                                                                 was in control, it didn’t have the expertise
Allen formerly served as principal federal of-         But a crime against the city had not been                                                       and resources to cap the well.
ficer for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both         committed. “We had a standing New Or-                                                                 The way Allen talked, it’s clear he felt that
hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.           leans mayor and a standing (Louisiana) gov-                                                        BP’s success in capping the well after 85
Allen was also involved in the U.S. govern-         ernor. But we had lost continuity of govern-                                                       days was a significant achievement. BP had
ment response to the earthquake in Haiti in         ment,” Allen said. Yes, resources were                                                             faced enormously difficult, unprecedented
January 2010.                                       coming into New Orleans. But these re-            Thad Allen. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia          technical problems.
   In his talk, Allen said that the public isn’t    sources couldn’t be deployed because the          Commons.                                            In his parting remarks, Allen underscored
interested in what one person or one de-            command chain had broken down. Allen                                                               four points. First, the need for crisis authori-
partment is doing to respond to a crisis. The       said that the folks who were working in           local people into the unified command struc-     ties to be completely transparent with the
public wants to know what the government            New Orleans in the first seven or eight days      ture,” Allen said. “We created unity of effort   public as events unfold. He stressed the
is doing in total. At the same time, Allen said,    after the hurricane didn’t know who they          where it did not exist before.”                  need for “real time” transparency. You don’t
“We’re a democracy. We’re messy.” He                were working for. They couldn’t be effective                                                       hold back information. You share it and take
noted that our government wasn’t struc-             because there was no chain of command.            Haiti                                            the consequences. In sharing it, you build
tured to deal with the massive crisis events           “You are never going to have unity of             Haiti was a different story.                  credibility. If you don’t share it, you com-
we are now experiencing.                            command in one of these responses if it’s            Haiti had a government, but because of        promise credibility and hurt the response ef-
   It is Allen’s firm belief that leaders need to   not totally a Department of Defense opera-        the earthquake devastation it could not func-    fort. Second, volunteers both want to and
be able to generate what he called “mental          tion,” Allen said bluntly.                        tion. Louisiana was a state that was part of     need to be included in crisis response. But
models” of the problems they are facing. He            In New Orleans, Allen was working with         the United States, but Haiti was a sovereign     these volunteers need to be trained, certified
said that formulating a good mental model of        U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honore. The          nation. In sizing up his options, Allen de-      and enrolled so they can be contacted when
a problem allows a leader to know how to            two men decided they needed to support            cided to take the Katrina incident manage-       needed. Third, in a crisis situation you need
use his resources and when his job is done.         the mayor and governor, neither of whom           ment system and move it lock, stock and bar-     to have one face, that is, one person out
Allen said that there’s a gap in moving from        had any political infrastructure under them.      rel with all of its communications hardware      front taking responsibility and being ac-
short-term search and rescue activities to the         To create unity of effort they divided the     to Haiti. And that’s what happened. As had       countable. Fourth, in a crisis situation unity
quite different problems of long-range re-          city of New Orleans up into sectors. Then         happened in New Orleans, the Haitian capi-       of effort is all-important.
covery.                                             the two men created teams of 20 to 30 peo-        tal city of Port-au-Prince was divided up into      “We can’t disenfranchise anyone,” Allen
   We’re not good at knowing when one               ple who used rubber boats and high-water          sectors. But in Haiti, though, the last person   insisted. We can’t disenfranchise BP offi-
thing ends and another begins, he said.             vehicles to conduct three sweeps of each          handing out a blanket or some food or a bot-     cials, engineers and response workers. We
   Allen spoke about putting these leader-          sector of the city. Members of these teams        tle of water was someone from a local non-       can’t disenfranchise FEMA employees. We
ship theories into practice during three            touched every house. “But every decision to       governmental organization whom the peo-          have to treat everyone like we would treat a
major recent crises.                                go into a house, or what to do with the re-       ple knew.                                        member of our own family. We need to let
                                                    mains (if there were any) was always the de-                                                       people know that if they are doing their job,
Hurricane Katrina                                   cision of a local officer representing the        Oil spill                                        someone is standing behind them and sup-
   Allen was sent to Louisiana about a wee-         mayor,” Allen said.                                 The more recent Deepwater Horizon oil          porting them,” he said.
lafter Hurricane Katrina struck. New Orleans           “This empowered the mayor by putting           spill disaster presented a different problem.




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                              Bring Your Light to First Night
      compiled by Marisa Keller                  Mountain Druid Order, the Lantern Choir,
      and Dana Dwinell-Yardley                   torch bearers, dancers, revelers, fire spin-
                                                 ners and lantern carriers.


M
          ontpelier’s annual New Year’s Eve         The lanterns, which will be filled with hot
          festival is exchanging fireworks for   air and launched en masse into the sky, are
          lanterns, disco and puppets.           made of tissue paper and bamboo and are
   First Night organizers are planning the       said to steal away the year’s bad luck. Made
usual full afternoon of events, including ice    from biodegradable materials, the lanterns
skating, skiing, craft activities, dancing and   are an environmentally friendly alternative
performances by local musicians, magicians,      to fireworks. They can fly for many miles be-
thespians, comedians and storytellers.           fore burning out and floating softly back to
   The grand finale of the celebration starts    earth. Festival-goers are invited to make their
at 8:45 p.m. with a parade of puppets and        own lanterns at a workshop earlier in the
lights from Kellogg-Hubbard Library to City      day.
Hall. At City Hall, the theme of light contin-      After the parade ends in front of City Hall,
ues with a lantern launch and a dance party      watch and listen to Jacobson’s fire organ, a
with 9-year-old DJ Don P under the famous        set of steel tubes that produce sound when
disco ball. Also, sculptor Antoinette Jacob-     the flame of a propane torch is applied to
son will play her fire organ, and Kerry Kaye     them.
will spin, eat and breathe fire.                    Kaye will perform heart-stopping displays
   Janice Walrafen is organizing the parade,     of fire and light using poi, hoop, staff, dou-
which will feature Father Time, dragon and       ble staves, fire eating, contact fire and fire
geese puppets, drummers from the Green           breathing.                                        Above, DJ Don P. At left, Antoinette Jacobson’s fire organ. Photos courtesy of First Night
                                                                                                   coordinators.


                                                                                                      The dance party goes until 10 p.m. with       man Press, SlopeStyle Ski and Ride and
                                                                                                   the sounds of DJ Don P, a.k.a. Paolo Rovetto.    Shaw’s in Montpelier; Barre Books and Han-
                                                                                                   Rovetto, 9, has been honing his DJ skills        naford’s in Barre; and also Kinney Drugs on
                                                                                                   since he was 1. At age 2 he scored his first     the Barre-Montpelier Road, Bragg Farm in
                                                                                                   gig as DJ in front of 650 people, opening for    East Montpelier, Merchant’s Bank in Water-
                                                                                                   world-famous reggae sensation Midnite. He        bury and Northfield Pharmacy.
                                                                                                   completed a 20-minute set flawlessly. Since        Volunteers are needed for button sales,
                                                                                                   then he has had numerous trainings and has       set-up, clean-up and office help. In exchange
                                                                                                   DJed many events, including outdoor music        for working a two-hour shift, volunteers re-
                                                                                                   festivals and clubs.                             ceive a button for admission to all events
                                                                                                      One button gets you free admission to all     plus a meal ticket for the First Night cantina.
                                                                                                   First Night events. Buttons purchased before     Contact Volunteer Coordinator Charlene
                                                                                                   December 31 are $12 for one or $10 each for      McCarney at 229-3228 or 485-8072 for infor-
                                                                                                   four or more. Buttons purchased the day of       mation.
                                                                                                   the festival will be $15 for one and $13 each
                                                                                                   for four or more. Children 3 and under are
                                                                                                   admitted free of charge to all events.             For more information and a complete
                                                                                                      Buttons are on sale at City Hall, Hunger      schedule of events, visit www.montpelier
                                                                                                   Mountain Coop, Capitol Stationers, Minute-       alive.org.



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